Lords of Waterdeep is a strategy board game set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe. Regarded by many as a gateway worker placement game, Lords of Waterdeep sees players vying for control of a sprawling city. You will place your wooden figures (called meeples) onto specific spots on the board, gaining actions or resources and blocking that space from all the other players.
To help you focus in a little at the start of the game, you are given a ‘Lord’ card which gives you an end-game scoring potential. You can choose to let this guide your path through the game or you can ignore it! During the game, you will be attempting to complete various quests. To do so, you will need to hire different classes of adventurers: clerics, warriors and the like, all represented by cubes. Typically, you will try and gain adventurers/cubes as efficiently as possible to get through as many quests as you can. Quests usually reward you with points and come in a number of types – but, in reality, this doesn’t change their function.
As the game develops, you will be able to purchase buildings. These act as extra spots on the board. This means that each time you play the board is a little bit different, and therefore your planning requires some adjusting. What’s more, when other players use one of your buildings, you get a reward too!
You will compete for important places on the board like taking control of the first player marker (to guarantee you get those spots), to getting the best choices of the next available quests, all the while keeping an eye on your ‘Lord’ bonus.
Player Count: 2-5
Time: 60-120 Minutes